16 February 2018

Lent 2018

Yet another year is flying by! It's amazing! I've heard my grandmother and aunts say it so maybe it's just that I'm getting older. Boo!

Lent is a special time of year. As a Protestant, I did not grow up participating in Lent. Of course I knew about Palm Sunday and Easter-the whole Resurrection story. However, until about 5 years ago did I start learning that Lent is not just a Catholic thing. It is a re-setting thing. It's a focusing on Jesus and what he went through. It's about thinking and praying for others. It's about putting Him above myself, my wants, my desires. Ever since I began practicing (is that the word?) Lent, I feel so much more connected to Him.

Normally I give up social media but I've found that to be too difficult as a social media manager. Haha! I love being forced to go offline. If I have the choice then I'll spend my time on Twitter or researching digital marketing, but by saying in order to focus on Him I'm taking a break then I won't go on it. So here is what I am doing this year and it 1 is a continuation of my goals for the year:

1. Focus on the positive. I read so much negativity and I cannot get away from it. Being online after something that the President has said or a school shooting can be miserable. There's so many people sitting behind a screen and it's okay to say whatever you want...and they do. I get to read a lot of it. Being tired frequently, eating horribly, and watching tv does not help my attitude. So the last 2 nights I have made a concerted effort to get to bed early, read my devotionals without the tv, but the eating better thing has not happened yet.

2. Turn off electronics at 5. My friend C is doing that for Lent and I thought that's such a good idea. My husband does not participate in Lent so when he is home I cannot turn off the tv. I did last night and it was so nice!

3. Reading my bible studies and journaling.

What are you doing for Lent this year?

02 February 2018

January's Books

Hey there! It is absolutely freezing today! Well, it got up to 42 so though not technically freezing but super cold for this Southern gal. I felt this photo is appropriate. I found this YEARS ago on all posters.com and have always loved it.

One of my goals this year is to read a book a week. So far so good on that goal! Now the others...let's just say I'm still a fat American that forgets to eat vegetables for lunch every day. However, I'm reading, so there's that.

A favorite book of mine is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and when I was at the library I saw Littler Women by Laura Schaefer and thought oh how cute! And...it really is cute. So then I looked in our library's system and found 2 more books by Ms. Schaefer and placed them on hold. I read Ms. Schaefer's The Teashop Girls last week and then finished up The Secret Ingredient last night. I have to be completely upfront and admit that they're for pre-teens and teens but I prefer that sometimes.

In between books I read Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak. I was completely engrossed! The storyline was so good and perfect for just after Christmas because it took place during Christmas. If you've been reading my blog then you are not surprised at my liking this book, as I'm such an anglophile.

I will look through my stack to see what I'm starting tonight and you'll find out next month!

What are you reading?

20 January 2018

Still Here!

According to the weather, summer is leaving us so I thought I would come on here and say hello! It's like when school starts and you give an "what I did this summer" essay. :)

Honestly, it was one of the best summer's ever! I am tan, though we did not go to any beaches, but because for the first time in years I have not been in a cast or had any type of illness prohibiting me from 3-4 times per week use of our neighborhood swimming facility. It was just amazing! Since I live in Georgia, they are keeping the pool open until the 30th! So it may be chilly, but I can continue to swim for 2 more weeks. I've been spending my mornings job hunting and my afternoons helping my husband with his clients. 
This is me trying on clothes in Lilly Pulitzer store in Buckhead at the big sale. 

And, most importantly, spending as much time with my teenager as possible. This summer he was in summer school, but managed to go to Florida with our church youth group. We go to a mega church and over 1k high schoolers went! Is that not insane but awesome?! William broke up with his girlfriend which was no fun. Here is a picture of him after getting his permit. His expression was not a happy one because as it turns out he was getting really sick. He and my husband (somehow I avoided it) seemed to have The Plague for like a month and it began for Will on that day.

My other two children have had a big summer. My oldest was in Air Assault School in the Army. It was a grueling. He was initially kicked out of the program because he ate. Seriously. He was not aware that he could not eat breakfast before a long run, and he did so he was not able to participate for two weeks. He studied hard and passed the test and went on a 12 mile run loaded with gear. He passed that test as well. I'm so proud of him!

On the exact same day that Nick was graduating, so was my daughter. If you recall, in March I had a little breakdown as my little girl (that is 4" taller than me) left for school in California. She finished and is a special effects makeup artist! She graudated top of her class. She already has jobs just two weeks after graduation. Here's why...look how talented!

If you're interested in my every day life, make sure to follow me on Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! It is @vintagewasp for every platform except for Facebook, which is Southern WASP. You'll see pictures of my Starbucks. :) I'll post again soon, I promise! Next time I'll share the main reason I have been not posting. So stay tuned!

September's Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today
September 19, 2016

Outside my window... It is finally a tad cooler at 87 but still quite humid so it feels like 90. I'm hoping the 90's are over soon! Our swimming pool closed so I need it to cool down so I don't have FOMO. 

I am thinking about... my how blessed I am in my job. I'm much less tired when I get home so after nearly 6 months my body is getting used to being out and about all day.   

I am thankful... that my husband and my children want to talk to us, even after they move away.

I am going... after home after work. 

I am hoping... to do better on my diet (she says while drinking an iced PSL).

In the kitchen... breakfast was breakfast burrito, lunch was leftover pasta, and dinner will be chicken pot pie* and salad with chocolate chip cookies for dessert. 

I am reading... Garden & Gun magazine and The Waiting Time by Eugenia Price. I always snapchat when I start a new book so make sure you follow me there (vintagewasp).

Favorite Quote... “The fairies, as was their custom, clapped their hands with delight over their cleverness." J.M. Barrie

A peek into my day... this is from Labor Day with my sister's family and mine. We went to dinner at Cracker Barrel.

*Please make sure to use real Cream of Chicken soup like from Pacific. I get mine at Publix but Whole Foods also sells it.

May's Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today
May 18, 2017

Outside my window... It's is warm and humid. We are in the 90's with heat index even higher. We are cooling down to the 80's next week!! Hopefully we can open the windows once again!

I am thinking about... how my son today. He has to make a big decision, which will affect the rest of his life. (Intrigued yet? ;) 

I am thankful... for so much...it's difficult to narrow it down to one thing. Today is my youngest son's last day at high school FOREVER! I'll go into detail sometime about his school years but if you've followed me for awhile you'll remember that we have done public, private, and even homeschooling. Next week Will graduates high school!! For that I am so thankful.

I am wearing... Ralph Lauren polo shirt (similar), skirt, flip flops (normally I wear flats but my ankle is hurting and in a brace), necklace 

I am going... nowhere as I just got home from work then dropping my son off at work.

I am hoping... to start swimming again soon. I'm waiting for the pool to open. It is usually open by now and I'm slightly frustrated.

In the kitchen... breakfast was breakfast burrito, lunch was chopped salad from Shane's Rib Shack (lunch was catered!), dinner was salmon and veggies for B and leftover BBQ chicken for me. (No carbs after lunch minus a bit of sweet tea.)

I am reading... Women Who Work and The Magnolia Journal.  

Favorite Quote... 

A peek into my day... my Lilly Pulitzer S'well bottle has been a constant when outside the last week. 

13 January 2018

Happy New Year!


I'm popping in to say a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I really hope everyone has enjoyed the holiday season. I cannot believe it is already over! Well, I still have seven Hallmark Christmas movies on my DVR so it's not completely over for me. Ha!

We had all three children home for Thanksgiving! It was so wonderful! The baby boy had to leave early for work hence his face. He was working at Target during the holiday season and his hours were insane and he was constantly exhausted. But to have my Army boy and West Coast daughter home was just magical. We ate and ate. Ha! 

Then my company had a retreat and Christmas party in early December. B and I traveled to Fayetteville, AR. I had classes all day then we had fun at night. Here's he and I at the party. I'm wearing Lilly Pulitzer Ophelia dress (print no longer available) if interested.

We celebrated my beautiful daughter's birthday. William cannot make a serious face. Here she is opening her presents.

We (minus Anne) went to Kentucky to celebrate Christmas with my family up there. It was such fun! I need to make sure to go up there more often this year (it's one of my goals-keep reading). My sweet Nana is nearing 99 years old so all of the time I get to spend with her is so precious to me. 

My niece with Nana

Those are just a few photos. As you can see we had a great time! I just wish I had gotten a photo of myself alone with Nana. Hopefully there will be more time to do so. Babygirl could not come with us to Kentucky. Boo. 

As you may have noticed (or not), I have not blogged in some time. I actually did not have the ability as far as technology because the app on my iPad did not work any longer and I could not load pictures from my phone to my computer. Well, for my Christmas present I was gifted a brand new MacBook Pro by my honey! So now hopefully I will be able to blog more often and use so many photos as I have here. Let's face it, most pictures are taken on phones nowadays. Maybe someday I'll get a DSLR and get back to regular photos.

The last two years I have had words of the year. 2016 was "Hustle", which I did and got my great job!  I still love where I work and what I do. I still hustle and hope to move up in my company this year. I had a meeting with my supervisor just last week on how to make that happen. 2017 was "Balance", which I did not find. My poor boys went from eating healthy homemade meals to more packaged foods than I care to admit. In the last few months though I have made more of an effort on that front. I don't come home every night and have to prop up my swollen feet. Blogging was to happen last year as well but did not, obviously. So this year I have made my word "Joy".

See those smiles? That's my sister and I last October. I want to smile more. Even though I have always been happy-go-lucky, I have felt myself become cynical and unhappy. It's not my family or work but what I read online (I cannot avoid as a social media manager) and not spending enough time in His Word or at church. Social media has become so negative and sadly I can say I spend more time on there than reading my Bible. Eating unhealthily is also a way to feel unhappy. When your body doesn't get its nutrients or exercise it will be sluggish. So I want to eat vegetables at least twice a day and way less processed foods. To be transparent, I'm not doing as well as Id like already this year on this goal. Everyone up in Kentucky is getting older and so I want to make sure to go up more often. It makes me happy and calm to be around them, especially Nana. So spending time with family, maybe some travel, only on Facebook when at work, eating my fruits and vegetables, and spending time in the Word and at church are ways I think I will find Joy. What do you advise?

How was your holiday season? Do you have goals for this year? I want to hear them! 

07 May 2017

Mother's Day Present Ideas

For the first time in years of blogging my mother contributed to a post! I am going to share what she told me first and then I'll post the ideas:

- What a mom really wants for Mother's Day is for all her family to be together and that is especially true for me since we all live so far apart and my 97 year old mom is still alive and well. I need to spend each one with her as I don't know how many more I will have with her, although she told me last week she may make it to 100.
- A mom always wants to love and be loved and let her husband, children, and grandchildren know it.
- A mom also wants all of her family to go to church with her on Mother's Day.
- A mom never wants to cook on Mother's Day so being taken out for a Mother's Day brunch is a good one.
- I love to shop for myself so I love gift cards to my favorite places such as Dillard's, Macy's, or Chico's.
- I love to travel so a gift card for a hotel is one I love.
- I love Coach purses and would enjoy a gift card from there.
- I love Tea Rose or Beautiful perfumes.
- I think what's important for most mom's is not the gifts but the feeling that her children have grown up to be wonderful, loving, caring adults who are happy with their life and themselves. That they have a wonderful relationship with Christ their Savior. (I couldn't agree more!)

For my favorites:
Mom and Dad got me a necklace from KJP for my birthday last November so when I saw they have a Mother's Day monogrammed necklaces I was so excited! If you order today there's free shipping! Hurry!
A Chef's Life is seriously one of my favorite shows, cooking or otherwise. Vivian Howard is the chef on the show and the author of the large Deep Run Roots autobiography/cookbook.

Do you know how the Parisians have a signature scent? Bronze Goddess is mine. I realize this is typically a summer scent but why not smell like Coppertone year round?
I love pajamas to lay around in when I get home from work. These from Brooks Brothers are perfect for warm summer nights.
You knew Lilly had to be on my list. Ophelia is one of my favorite styles and it's perfect for air conditioned offices.

I love tech clutch's. This one from Mark & Graham looks perfect! The ones I have are Lilly, and though adorable, this is more professional.

There is much more I could add but this is getting quite long already. If you are a daughter or son, do your best to make her day special. Look on Instagram this week for photos of my children and I as well as Mom and I.

14 April 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today
April 14, 2017

Outside my window... It's a perfect spring day-sunny and mid-80's with tons of pollen, which is driving my allergies crazy.

I am thinking about... how blessed we are this Easter weekend. If you believe the bible, which I do, then you believe Jesus died on the cross today to be risen on Sunday.  

I am thankful... that my son is home safely from Iraq and has been visiting us off and on. I'm so proud of him and though I still worry, it's not as much as it was when he was deployed.

I am wearing... dress, cardigan (similar), shoes (to/from work), work shoes, necklace (similar), watch, bracelet, lipstick, nail polish, perfume, (will climb into these when I get home!)

I am going... home early! Woohoo!

I am hoping... to lose some of the weight I gained over the winter.

In the kitchen... breakfast was breakfast burrito, lunch was peanut butter crackers since I'm leaving early, and dinner will be baked beans, coleslaw, and cornbread.

I am reading... Miss Buncle's Book (per Anna's recommendation), She Reads Truth, and the latest issue of Garden & Gun magazine.

Favorite Quote... "A capacity and taste for reading gives access to what has already been discovered by others." ~Abraham Lincoln, whom was shot 151 years ago today

A peek into my day... my youngest son, husband, and oldest son

19 March 2017

Hey There!

Surprise! I'm sure you're surprised to see this pop up on your bloglovin' feed or Facebook. I had some time today so I turned on Perry, grabbed a sweet tea, and opened my laptop. I just love Perry; he relaxes me. Are your windows open? We've been able to have ours open much of the winter. I think we turned the heater on about 8-10 times all "winter" long! We just add an extra blanket and socks at night but we've still been keeping our windows cracked open as we've found we sleep so much better with chilly air in our bedrooms.

Guess who was in town for the last month? My oldest son! He arrived back from Iraq at the end of January but wasn't able to come home until 3/9 (right before his birthday). Side note: I have an uncle on my dad's side that only came home twice a year from D.C. where he worked as press secretary for a senator. The joke was that he only came home to Kentucky when he would get gifts, his birthday in August and Christmas. Anyhoo, when we found out that Nicholas was coming home we were happy but when we found out he'd be home for a whole month we were ecstatic! He left Friday. Typically on his visits he spends most time with friends but it was the reverse this trip. He spent every weekday/night with us and weekends with friends. So we had lots of time with him. Saturday's are now errand day and Sunday's are church and preparing for the week.

We've also had a lot of sickness going around. Stomach bugs, colds that last 10 days, sciatic nerve irritated, and now pollen causing headaches, coughs, itchy and watery eyes are the symptoms causing annoyance. Oh Georgia.

Does anyone know of a Blogger app that actually works? I'm having issues with the one I've been able to find. I'm having to go back and forth from my iPad to computer for awhile, and since I rarely have usage or the want of using it after a long day of work, I'd rather do it all on my iPad and keyboard. I signed a contract that I would not do anything personal on our company's computers and I do not take a lunch so that I can leave an hour early.

Can I admit that I have not been as focused on The Lord this Lent? I do not think giving up my personal Facebook is an effective thing to use as I still go on all social media for work. I also gave up solitaire on my iPad at night. I am not getting up early enough to do my Bible study at home (I snooze through the 15 minute alarm I set for it-sadly) so I'm doing it as I get to the office so though I pray it's not like it was when I worked from home. I just ready Anna's Lent post on giving up nearly all internet. That's impossible with my job but I'm envious of that ability. I've decided to rededicate myself with the days I have left to zero internet/social media/iPad/iPhone use outside of texting at night. Not even reading on my iPad. I have stacks of magazines and books that I've been putting off reading. What are you doing for Lent?

Please send me all of your Instant Pot recipes! I have had one since last summer and have not used it once. Oops! I have woefully been neglecting a lot of cooking. I mean I still cook but it's more convenience meals than I'd like to admit. Getting up earlier to get my slow cooker set is not happening-we've discussed that already.

I hope to get back to here soon but if you don't hear from me then go to Southern WASP's Facebook page and see what I've been up to. I am on Tumblr more frequently as that app actually works.

18 January 2017


For Today
January 18. 2017

Outside my window... It is dark and cloudy outside of the high rise. It looks like we may get some storms but the weather app disagrees. It's 61 with a high of 67 expected. Yesterday we were 1* from breaking a record at 74!  

I am thinking about... how fast time goes by. I honestly had no idea that I have not posted one of these Daybook's since September. I love these! I had the stomach flu which really knocked me down.  

I am thankful... for my job. I was just telling my cousin this morning that I am so grateful for being in the right industry (marketing) and have insurance. 

I am wearing... dress (maroon), cardigan (navy), necklace, bracelet, watch (similar), Alice band, ballet flats (navy)

I am going... to take Will to work, dry cleaner, and then home (after I finish working). 

I am hoping... to actually fulfill my word of the year and find balance.

In the kitchen... breakfast was cantaloupe, lunch will be leftover pasta with sausage and alfredo and garlic toast, I do not know what dinner will be yet. 

I am reading... Vogue magazine, Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard, and Suck Your Stomach In by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

Favorite Quote... Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." - George Washington

A peek into my day... when my Father-in-Law passed away, we visited with my family in Indiana. In this photo L-R ( Ann, Rea (niece), Will, Chad (nephew)

02 January 2017

Thoughts for 2017

Ring out wild bells to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,...
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
~Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892), In Memoriam A.H.H., 1833.

If you're on social media, I am sure you've seen many of your "friends" talk about how awful 2016 was and that they're glad it is over. Part of me can understand their thinking because when one has a bad year the new year is oftentimes a new start and you have hope that it will be better than the last. I, for one, had a great 2016! I hope (but never expect) that The Lord makes this year good as well.

My word for last year was Hustle and hustle I did. I got a new job, continued to educate myself in my field (digital media), and have kept on top of my senior. However, I hustled only and so this year I need time management. I need Balance. I will continue to hustle at work but I need to find balance in the rest of my life. For the first 4-5 months of my new job I came home from work, made dinner, and did absolutely nothing else. My body is now acclimated to working so I need to do better about our dinners, blogging, swimming, running our house, and still staying on top of my senior. That's my goal for today-make a plan in order to get this balance.

What are your goals for this year? Also, besides soup, how do you use your Instant Pot?

24 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

 Do you recall my last post? We came home from my Father-in-law's memorial and then a few days later my youngest son and husband came down with the stomach flu. They have been super sick for about 4 days. I have been working full time, Christmas shopping, cooking, taking care of them, and so much more. Normally we would be in Kentucky this weekend but with the guys possibly being contagious, it's not fair to infect others so we are home this year.
 Tonight we are going to watch movies and eat (if they can) appetizers just as we did when I was growing up. Unfortunately all but 1 of my son's presents is up north. So, it won't be that great of a Christmas for him tomorrow, he will feel downright spoiled in a few days. Christmas is not about presents anyhow. It is about the birth of our Lord and Savior. Normally we listen to my Uncle Larry read the Christmas Story (you know, the one Linus recites) so we will do it here.
Here are a few of my past Christmas posts that I hope you will enjoy. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! See you in a few days. 2015 2015 2014 2013 2012

09 December 2016

What Have I Been Up To?

It has been a few weeks since I last posted. Let me explain why. First of all, work. I do not know how bloggers full time and blog every day. I'm woefully behind on my Christmas shopping and need to find some time this weekend to catch up!

The main reason I have been away is my sweet father-in-law. He has been in and out of the hospital (which we traveled to Ohio during Thanksgiving week to be with him). While we were in Ohio, there was some drama with some family members. He didn't want to live that way and last weekend he got his wish and passed away. There's been sadness and anger yet happiness talking about how wonderful he was as a father and grandfather. A good man went to be with his wife and so we cannot be too sad, can we? 
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06 November 2016

Roasted Chicken Recipes

I am a HUGE fan of Costco's Roasted Chicken. It is around $5 and will last a few dinners if used properly. Add some vegetables and a grain (sometimes included) and you're set! My friend Rachel texted me a few weeks ago asking for some ideas of what to do with leftover roast chicken and I rattled off some ideas, which led to this post. First of all, shred the entire thing while it is still warm. Use quality ingredients. I purchase organic Cream of Chicken soup but you can make your own.

Waldorf Chicken Salad- Serving ideas: inside of a pita; on top of a salad; wrapped in romaine leaf.

Curry Chicken salad

Honey Chicken Salad- Serve on croissants. This includes how I cook chicken breasts in my slow cooker so I have shredded chicken on hand.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie or this one Serve with a salad.

White Chili-  serve with cornbread and avocado.

Chicken 'n Chips Casserole (I replace the chilies with salsa)- again, all that is needed is a salad but I think it's tasty with green beans.

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti- tomatoes, okra, green beans, or broccoli go great with this.

BBQ Chicken Pizza- I am lazy and either buy a pre-made crust or the ball of dough from Trader Joe's. This recipe includes the dough however if you feel inclined.

Burrito Bowls- Similar to Chipotle

Mom's Chicken Pockets
4 oz. softened cream cheese
2 Tbsp. melted butter
2 C. cooked diced chicken
.25 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. chopped onion (I use minced dried onion)
1 can crescent rolls (use Trader Joe's if possible for non-hydrogenated oils)
3/4 C crushed cheese croutons
1/2 stick melted butter

Preheat oven to 350. In small bowl, blend cream cheese and 2 Tbsp. melted butter until smooth with mixer. Add chicken, salt, pepper, milk, and onions, mixing well. Separate crescent roll dough into 4 rectangles. Firmly press perforations to seal. Spoon 1/2 cup of chicken mixture into center. Pull 4 corners together; twist and seal edges. Brush top, bottom and sides of pockets with melted butter. Springkle with crushed croutons on top. Bake 25 minutes.

There's so much more that you can make with roasted chicken. What is your favorite recipe?

02 November 2016

Welcome November

My Sorrow, when she's here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.

Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She's glad the birds are gone away,
She's glad her simple worsted grey
Is silver now with clinging mist.

The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.

Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
And they are better for her praise. 

Where is the time going? I did not intend to take a break from blogging since September. It just happened. My husband and I are always talking about how fast time flies. I think the older one gets the faster it goes. Muzzie used to tell me that and I firmly believe her now.

I love November as theoretically it finally cools down after the very long and hot summer. This year has been particularly brutal. The windows are open and the mornings are dark and chilly. Now the afternoons are still warm so layers are required. By the time I walk out of my cold office, the leggings and cardigan are off and hair is up because it's warm.

B and I went up to Helen 2 weekends ago and it was beautiful! If you're in the Southeast, I recommend making a trip and staying in a cabin.

I need to get to work. Y'all have a great rest of your week!

Happy November!



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